Tacoma Reiniers 11 – Chihuahuas 1
Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCuthchen 4.2 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 9 ER, BB, K; DH Jabari Blash 2-3, HR (11), RBI; 3B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 2B
Prospect Watch: The offensive juggernaut that is El Paso was shut down by former Padre Joe Wieland (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K). Only Carlos Asuaje and Jabari Blash managed to put anything together against him… Speaking of Asuaje, after spending a vast majority of the year as the starting second baseman, Asuaje has played across the diamond at third in three of the last 12 games. Whether this is because the Padres are trying to keep him fresh as more of a super-utility option, or preparing him in case of a trade of Solarte, Asuaje is re-learning third on the fly and doing a fairly good job at it as well.
Corpus Christi Hooks 3 – Missions 0
Key Stats: LHP Tim Berry 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; LF Luis Tejada 1-3, 2B; CF Franchy Cordero 0-3, BB, outfield assist
Prospect Watch: Missions managed just three hits in a shutout loss as they went up against the Astros' top pitching prospect Francis Martes. Jose Rondon, 22, had one of those hits and has a modest three-game hitting streak. While many national pundits still consider him a top prospect, Rondon has managed just a .277/.308/.384 campaign with only 15 walks, five home runs, and 12 stolen bases in 95 games. The epidemic around the Padres of not drawing walks continues in Double-A as Rondon and his .308 on-base percentage is low even in a pitcher friendly league. Rondon is still young for the league, but does not possess any one remarkable tool that makes him stand out as a prospect. Hopefully next year when he plays in the hitter haven that is El Paso, Rondon can show the world that he is still a legitimate prospect.
Lancaster JetHawks 7 – Storm 2
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 8K, 0BB; SS Javier Guerra 3-for-4, 2B, 3B; 1B Ty France 1-for-3, HR (2), HBP; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: In what has been an incredibly frustrating season for Javier Guerra, we've still seen glimpses of what he's capable of. Tonight was one of those nights as the 20-year-old came up a homer short of the cycle, consistently waiting for his pitch to hit and making all his plays defensively. After looking like he might slowly be putting things back together in June, he's slipped backward again this month with a 31:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .618 OPS and six errors in 24 games. ... While Brett Kennedy took the loss he capped off an encouraging July with a quality start. For the month, he posted a 2.87 ERA and, after spending his first eight weeks in the Cal League figuring out how to work pitch sequencing most effectively, had a fantastic 39:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings.
Tin Caps 6 – West Michigan Whitecaps 4
Key Stats: RHP Austin Smith 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 K (W, 3-5); RHP Jose Castillo 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K; SS Ruddy Giron 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, SB (6); DH Carlos Belen 2-3, HR (7), 3 RBI; RF Alan Garcia 2-4, 2 RS; 3B Tyler Selesky 3-4, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: For the first time in his career RHP Austin Smith pitched into the sixth inning. It also continued a stretch of six consecutive starts where Smith has allowed one or fewer earned runs. Over that stretch Smith has gone 28.1 innings allowing just four earned runs (1.27 ERA) he has walked seven and struck out 20. Considering he carried a 6.65 ERA over his 14 appearances prior to this stretch, this is a huge improvement for the top pick in last years draft. ... Carlos Belen is continuing to improve at the plate and in the field. The powerful 20-year-old hit his third homer in his last 10 games and seventh overall. He's added significantly to his OPS each month of the season, going from .601 in May to .703 in June to .791 this month. He's also committed only two errors this month as the game is slowing down for him and he's relying more consistently on his fantastic hands and strong arm.
Spokane Indians 7 – Dust Devils 5
Key Stats: RHP Jordan Guerrero 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; CF Buddy Reed 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, SB (7); SS Chris Baker 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB; RF Luis Asuncion 2-2, 2 RS, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: Hours after being ranked as a top 15 prospect on MLB pipelines top 30 list, 2016 draft pick Buddy Reed had arguably his best game as a professional. He reached base three times, and was just a home run shy of the cycle. His one single saw him steal second a few pitches later. On the year he is still just hitting .224 with a .555 OPS, but scouts love his speed and athletic ability. If he can ever consistently reach base the sky is the limit.